Re: being seen

Subject: Re: being seen
From: "Karen E. Black" <kblack_text -at- hotmail -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 07 Dec 2001 14:24:11 -0500

Something similar happened to me recently: a newer co-worker told me that the technical writers, wherever he worked, knew as much or more about the technology and the systems as anyone. I like being the polyglot.

Nice to hear that some people value us!!

From: Martha J Davidson <editrix -at- nemasys -dot- com>
Something unexpected happened to me yesterday. At the end of
a long day spent with two SMEs, in which I sat in on a walkthrough
of a class on the company's new methodology, one of them turned
to me. He told me he hadn't worked with many technical writers,
and he had a question for me.

He asked, "do all technical writers go out of their way to learn as much
about the technology as you do?" I stopped for a second and replied,
"the good ones do." I told him I can't write credibly about something
unless I understand it myself.

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